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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - When the rain comes down, lighten up on the accelerator.
That's the message from the California Highway Patrol in advance of a blustery late-autumn storm expected to begin dousing the San Diego area late Thursday night.
Motorists who fail to adjust to wet conditions substantially increase their risk of accidents, according to the state agency, which generally responds to 50-75 wrecks locally over a full day of dry conditions.
"And when it rains, you can see those numbers quadruple sometimes," CHP public-affairs Officer Robert Catano said.
The CHP advises that during storms, it's particularly important to follow common-sense roadway strategies: maintaining safe distances between vehicles; watching for stalled cars and other obstacles farther ahead; avoiding cellphone use and other distractions; refraining from unnecessary lane changes and passing maneuvers; and, of course, never driving when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Also, motorists need to slow down for safety's sake, particularly during or after the first showers to hit following extended dry periods. At those times, oil, grease and other fluids cast off by autos rise to the surface of roadways and make them dangerously slick until the gunk washes away, according to the CHP.
Even posted speed limits -- on area freeways, generally 65 mph -- can be considerably too fast during a storm, Catano pointed out.
"It's drivers' responsibility to maintain a speed (at which) they can maintain control of their vehicle regardless of weather conditions," he said.
Motorists also must make sure their cars are in safe-driving condition, with properly maintained tires, brakes, lights and other equipment, Catano said.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.